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Springsteen, E Street Band plan new album

Bruce Springsteen will release a new rock album that he recorded in his New Jersey home studio with the E Street Band.

The Boss said Thursday the album is called "Letter To You" and he and the band recorded it in just five days. It will be released on Oct. 23.

"Letter To You" will have nine new songs and include new recordings of three unreleased songs that predate Springsteen's 1973 debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J." The songs are: "Janey Needs a Shooter," "If I Was the Priest" and "Song for Orphans."

Springsteen's last album was the orchestral-pop "Western Stars." "Letter To You" is Springsteen's first time performing with the E Street Band since The River 2016 tour.

Springsteen is joined on "Letter To You" by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen.

Martin can't build castle library in N.M.

"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin won't be able to build a seven-sided, castle-style library at his compound in Santa Fe that drew objections from neighbors.

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The city's Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday denied a request to allow Martin to exceed the building height limit in the historic district where he lives, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The project included a roof deck and an elevator tower.

"It is a medieval castle, and I don't understand how we could possibly approve it in this style," board member Frank Katz said.

Mark Graham lives south of the property and said residents couldn't "support having a castle in the neighborhood."

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"With the notoriety of Mr. Martin and 'Game of Thrones,' we absolutely fear that our neighborhood will become the next treasure hunt, that his fans will be looking to find the castle that's in the middle of Santa Fe," Graham said.

Officials also denied a similar proposal early this year, saying the project didn't meet height and style standards and didn't fit in with the character of the historic district.

Art collected by T. Boone Pickens at auction

Works of art depicting the American West and other pieces collected by the late Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens are expected to sell at auction for more than $15 million.

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Christie's said Thursday that the auction will be held Oct. 28 in New York. Christie's said the art collection spans over a century, with works ranging from from Frederic Remington's "The Signal" from 1900 to Howard Terpning's "Flags on the Frontier" from 2001.

Tylee Abbott, an American art specialist at Christie's, said the works assembled by Pickens were "an extension of himself, a kind of self-portrait of the collector."

"The art with which he chose to surround himself consistently depicts the bold, strong-willed personages of the West and the endurance of the American spirit," Abbott said.

The roughly 75 pieces being auctioned off include paintings, sculptures, watches and cufflinks.

Pickens, who grew up in Holdenville, Okla., died last Sept. 11 at the age of 91 at his Dallas home.

Today's birthdays: Actor Walter Koenig ("Star Trek") is 84. Singer-actor Joey Heatherton is 76. Actor Mary Crosby is 61. Actor Michelle Stafford ("The Young and the Restless") is 55. Actor Tyler Perry is 51. Rapper Nas is 47. TV chef Katie Lee ("The Kitchen") is 39. Actor Emma Kenney ("The Connors," "Shameless") is 21.

— The Associated Press


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